Friday, June 18, 2010

LANL officials outline construction plans,
job possibilities

Associate Director for Project Management and Site Services Tom McKinney speaking at Wednesday's meeting in EspaƱola. LANL photo.

Los Alamos National Laboratory could get a dramatic and expensive face-lift in the next decade, including a new plutonium research facility, if Congress approves. A 10- to 12-year construction plan unveiled Wednesday includes the last phase of the plutonium facility known as the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility, as well as plans to replace several other buildings, build waste-treatment facilities and close two material disposal areas. The work would mean about 1,000 new jobs. (Full Story)

Lab has big plans for corridor

Audience members posed a variety of questions about the plans for construction along Pajarito Road at Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL photo by Tanner Johnson.

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials unveiled ambitious plans Wednesday for construction projects, including a new nuclear facility whose cost could push $4 billion and which could create 1,000 construction jobs. The Pajarito Corridor's crown jewel would be its new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement building. The building would house 22,500 square feet of lab space, much of it for analyzing plutonium and other radioactive materials. (Full Story - If you’re not a subscriber, Web site may require you to view an ad.)

LANL machine gets a reprieve

The quarter-mile-long LANSCE accelerator creates a stream of high-energy protons, one of the fundamental building blocks of all matter. LANL photo.

A year after the Obama administration said Los Alamos National Lab's big neutron accelerator's days were numbered, federal officials now say they want to keep the aging machine running for at least another 10 years. The machine, known as the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, provides "unique" capabilities needed to maintain nuclear weapons, a pair of senior Energy Department officials concluded in a report sent last month to Congress. (Full Story - If you’re not a subscriber, Web site may require you to view an ad)

Also this week in the Albuquerque Journal

19 Japanese companies will participate in smart grid projects in N.M.

ineteen Japanese companies have been selected to work in Albuquerque and Los Alamos on two Japan-U.S. Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration projects, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday. (
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Experiments find "weird" differences
between neutrinos and anti-neutrinos

Data collected from 1993 to
1998 by the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector at LANL’s LANSCE facility was the first evidence for neu- trino mass. LANL photo.

The MiniBooNE results in particular, however, could come as a delayed vindication for LSND, an anti-neutrino experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory that in the mid-1990s found a strange anomaly. In that experiment, a type of neutrino appeared at a level that suggested the neutrino family as whole might have to grow to include "sterile neutrinos" -- which would have been a radical new member of the particle zoo, beyond physicists' Standard Model. (Full Story)

New LANL video on YouTube

A summary of recent Lab highlights includes a new supercomputer, a laser system for the next space mission to Mars, a new HIV vaccination strategy, and computer modeling and simulation tied to the volcanic eruption in Iceland and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, among other accomplishments. (See the video here)

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